Hot List of activities for the weekend of Sept. 19

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Love and laughs

Loni Love, named one of the "Top 10 Comics to Watch" by both Variety and Comedy Central, holds court at the Pittsburgh Improv, Waterfront, today through Saturday.

Ms. Love starred in her own half-hour special for Comedy Central in 2007 and has also been seen on the channel's "Premium Blend," "Weekends at the DL" and "Chocolate News."

She is a regular panelist on E!s hit show "Chelsea Lately" and TruTV's "The World's Dumbest." Her first one-hour special for Comedy Central "America's Sister" premiered in 2010.

Sample humor: "The only thing jacked up about the '80s was the fashions. Remember spandex pants? Rubber and nylon -- who put that together? All that moisture, we had yeast infections for days."

Times are 8 tonight; 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday; and 7 and 9 p.m. Sunday.


Scout at Warhol

The Andy Warhol Museum's Sound Series season opens tonight with Scout Niblett, a minimalist rocker from Nottingham, England, who's now based in Portland, Ore.

The singer-guitarist-drummer, who has worked with Will Oldham and Steve Albini, draws comparisons to PJ Harvey, Cat Power and Courtney Love.

She is touring in support of her latest release, "It's Up to Emma" (Emma is her real name), which Pitchfork said is "her best album since her debut, full of raw power."

The show is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. 412-237-8300 or


Buble swings in

Michael Buble became a father on Aug. 27 when he and his wife, Argentine actress Luisana Lopilato, welcomed son Noah into the world.

Now dad has to go to work already.

The crooner is out on a tour promoting his latest album, "To Be Loved," which features songs by the Bee Gees, Dean Martin and Elvis Presley, along with four originals, including a tribute to his wife called "Close Your Eyes."

Leading up to the release, he told the Associated Press, "I used to worry about how the single would do and how the record would sell. And the truth is, I love this record. I'm so proud of it. But, at the end of the day, if it sells 10 million or 10 copies, I've got bigger fish to fry. I've got a wife and a kid I love very much."

He performs at Consol Energy Center at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $55-$115; ticketmaster.

Riot Grrrl revue

"Alien She" -- opening Friday at the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, Purnell Center for the Arts, 5000 Forbes Ave. -- is the first exhibition to examine the impact and influence of the feminist punk rock movement Riot Grrrl, which included Bikini Kill, Bratmobile, L7 and Sleater-Kinney.

It focuses on seven contemporary artists working in visual art, new media, music, documentary film, writing and performance, and provides a view into the original Riot Grrrl movement in its historical section, including zines, music, fliers, and other ephemera.

An exhibition tour led by curators and artists begins at 5 p.m., followed by a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. (free). The exhibition continues through Feb. 16. Information: 412-268-3618 or


Last call for 'Romeo'

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Park enters its final weekend of free performances of "Romeo & Juliet," an experimental production that invites you take sides between the Capulets and Montagues and shortens the playing time considerably.

The run finishes up at Frick Park's blue slide area at Beechwood Boulevard and Nicholson Street, Squirrel Hill. The play was at Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville last weekend, and at the Sunday afternoon performance, the cast, including Andrew Miller as Romeo and Danielle Powell as Juliet, contended with bicycles and fidgety toddlers as well as the deep emotional trials of Shakespeare's star-crossed young lovers.

The production directed by Helen M. Meade plays like a three-ring play, with onlookers each privy to just two of the stages. Audience members are asked to view the performance from one side or the other -- if you sit on the Montague side, you see Romeo exit to scenes with friends or Friar Laurence, while Juliet addresses the Capulet clan on the other. Everyone turns his or her head when the action meets again in the middle.

It's an interesting concept but has its perils -- at Arsenal, it was hard to tune out the one side, still within ear shot, while the other played on. When Romeo and Juliet were together, though, lips locked and you could forget the swing set in the distance.

The play begins at 2 p.m.; a folding chair is recommended. More at


the xx at AE

Stage AE, working with Opus One Productions, has a pair of intriguing imports this week, starting with Icelandic art-rockers Sigur Ros tonight and continuing Saturday with British indie-pop band the xx.

Having debuted with one of the most acclaimed albums of 2009, the xx, a trio from London, arrives touring on its second album, "Coexist," which is on the shortlist for the 2013 Mercury Prize recognizing the UK's best album of the year.

The sophomore album, which followed Jamie Smith's work with rapper Drake on the title track of "Take Care," found the moody xx going to a darker, more stripped-down place.

"To coexist doesn't paint the rosiest picture, but I think it represents the realness," frontwoman Romy Madley-Croft said. "Learning to live together, learning to work together again, learning to live with the person you're with, or your ex. It's all connected."

Doors are at 7 p.m. Tickets are $32;

Piano trio

The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia is widely considered to be one of the top music conservatories in the world, if not the top, so it shouldn't surprise that the student-musicians of the Curtis Piano Trio decided to name their group after their school.

The trio -- violinist Katya Poplyansky, cellist Oliver Aldort and pianist Andrew Hsu -- will cross the state to play works by Eckhardt-Gramatte, Stravinsky, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Ravel at the Mary Lou Campana Chapel and Lecture Center at the University of Pittsburgh, Greensburg (150 Finoli Drive).

The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. and is one in a series of chamber music performances presented by the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra. $5-$10;


Zine scene

The third annual Pittsburgh Zine Fair, Sunday at The Union Project in Highland Park, will feature more than 50 local artists and writers, as well as zine archives from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and The Mr. Roboto Project.

The event, showcasing self-published magazines, will include a zine reading-nook and a drop-in zine-making workshop throughout the day.

It runs from 2 to 8 p.m. at 801 N. Negley Ave., Highland Park. Admission is free.

To celebrate the fair, there will be a zine reading by Pittsburgh writers on Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Assemble, 5125 Penn Ave., hosted by the Literary Arts Boom.

Indie shows

• Kishi Bashi, a touring member of Of Montreal and Regina Spektor's band, brings his "avant pop and violin-based, loop-centric live show" to Altar Bar on Sunday.

He's touring on his debut album, "151a," which made him NPR's Favorite New Artist of the Year. The show is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 to $14;

• Portland, Ore., indie-folk artist Laura Veirs gathered some esteemed guests, including Jim James, kd lang, Neko Case and members of The Decemberists for her ninth album, "Warp & Weft," which she made while she was eight months pregnant.

She'll go without them, of course, when she plays Club Cafe with Karl Blau at 8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15;


• The Schenley Shuffle 5K Run/1-mile Walk and Brunch begins at 8 a.m. Saturday at Bartlett Grove in Schenley Park, Oakland. The race benefits Open Your Heart to a Senior, a volunteer organization that helps seniors in Allegheny County remain safe in their homes by providing friendly visits, safety checks, rides to appointments, and more.

Registration for the run and brunch is $20, for the 1-mile walk and brunch is $15. Register by Friday at

• Indie pop duo Sarah Lee Guthrie (daughter of Arlo Guthrie) and Johnny Irion are back with a third album, "Wassaic Way," that was produced by Jeff Tweedy and Patrick Sansone of Wilco.

They bring the tour to Club Cafe at 7:30 tonight. Tickets are $12;

• Neon Trees, the Utah alt-rock band behind the hits "Animal" and "Everybody Talks," plays PNC Park following the 7:05 p.m. Pirates game on Saturday night.

• Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society presents acoustic fingerpicking guitarist Tim Farrell at The Roots Cellar, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Shadyside, at 7:30 tonight. Billboard said he writes "memorable melody lines that go beyond technique." Tickets are $17; $12 (student rush w/ID at door); or 412-361-1915.

• Comedian Mike Epps, from the "Friday" series and "The Hangover," performs at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $25-$65. 1-888-71-TICKETS.

• Zanafest includes a Food for Blues benefit (for the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank and the Center of Hope Food Pantry) tonight at The Venue at Harmony Ridge, Ambridge, with a lineup featuring: Fine Line (6:30 p.m.), Don Hollowood's Cobra Kings (7:30 p.m.), Vince Agwada & Shari Richards (8:30 p.m.), Billy the Kid and the Regulators (9:30 p.m.), the Eaton Brothers Band (10:30 p.m.) and Blue'n Evil (11:30 p.m.). Admission is $10, half off with a bag of canned food or dry goods.

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First Published September 19, 2013 4:00 AM


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